With the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI…
…and the election of Pope Francis…
An unprecedented period in the Catholic Church began—the coexistence of two popes in the same territory for almost ten years.
Now, in a new book, Pope Francis recounts in detail how the relationship worked between the two. The book, titled “The Successor,” was written by Vatican journalist Javier Martinez-Brocal, collaborator and former director of Rome Reports and correspondent of the ABC Spanish newspaper.
In the book, Pope Francis praises his predecessor for his ability to offer a broader perspective.
He had that ability to broaden the vision to help me make a good decision. He would never say, “I don't agree.” I do remember him saying, “This is fine. But we should also take into account this other thing…”
The last public meeting between the two was after the consistory of 2022, a few months before Pope Benedict XVI passed away.
The new book will be published in Spain on April 3 with plans to be translated into several languages.